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Things you won't believe are still prohibited for women in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is a country where women have extremely limited rights. You will be surprised to find about the things that are still prohibited for female citizens of this country.



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138 Comments
Jacky Pierce Friedman
Was married to a man from Pakistan in 1995-2000. He tried to make me like that. Told him he married an independent girl from USA. Knew that before we got married considering we met at work. Couple of times he hit me. Hit him back. Once leaving a hand print on his face for a week. He had punched me in the mouth and Drew blood. We separated in 1996. But couldn't get divorced until 2000. After my first hubby beat me and cheated on me I vowed no man would ever get away with treating me like that again.
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Jun 22, 2018 5:22PM
Ian Swindale
I live in South Africa and to say we should have that here is utter nonsense. I can well remember when I was in Saudi Arabia seeing a man and a woman coming out to our plane and I assumed he would be in First Class and she in Economy - not at all uncommon. However, she was in First and when she was settled in the man left the plane leaving a very attractive lady as she had by then after his absence thrown off the abaya and hijab. She did not put them back on when we got to London.
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Jun 23, 2018 6:15AM
ninakamwene
OMG! I left Kenya for freedom of being. A man is not my God.
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Sep 6, 2018 4:34PM
David de Tremaudan
This will continue as long as we sit by and do nothing. They say the civil war in the US was fought to free the slaves. Well, maybe it's time to free another sector of society from servitude and slavery, because what else can it be called? One does not have to advocate for feminism to speak out against this oppression, they just have to be human. When someone states that this is their culture, it's time to look at another regime that led 6 million Jews, 4 million minorities, and was responsible fore the murder of 20 million Slavic people. This after all was just their culture. What the hell is wrong with civilization that we tolerate this obviously oppressive culture with no end in sight for the victims?
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Aug 20, 2018 8:46AM
Lauren Durrant
Makes my skin crawl. Despise their treatment of women. We are not chattels. The worst part is the young girls getting married off to older men.
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Apr 26, 2019 4:19PM
Ronda Bickle
Jacky Pierce Friedman, Good for you. It takes a strong woman to leave an SOB like that. It is unfortunate that American women stay with American men who beat and then kill them and the children all because of the woman saying she loves him. That's BS.
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Aug 23, 2018 12:44PM
Sue Brousseau
Jacky Pierce Friedman...good for you...no woman should have to accept that sort of behaviour from any man. .....regardless of where you live....
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Aug 25, 2018 3:14PM
Alberto Cardona
How can we, who live in THE LAND OF THE FREE be allied with a country that treats women like that?
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Aug 18, 2018 5:25PM
Justine Merle Atkinson
Unbelievable. These poor women. Although I expect they are so immune to it, and accept it as the norm. But to make them so subservient, under the guise of 'protection' is horrific. She is absolutely under his thumb in every conceivable way. Oppression in its highest form. Evil. Inhumane. I do wish that some sort of movement could eradicate this so-called cultural 'belief'. It was never intended, by the Divine, God or any other description of a higher being, to dehumanise and degrade any human being. However, it is sometimes the way of the world. We need to urgently inform world-wide indignities and abuse suffered by people in any way we can.
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Oct 27, 2020 7:50AM
Christine Gardner
Lost for words to describe this horrendous treatment of women :( We are ALL equal and should be treated that way. While we have so much freedom in Australia, there certainly is a little way to in the Political arena.
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Dec 12, 2020 9:30PM
denise denbru
There for the Grace of God go I! To be born in Australia was the greatest gift I was given.
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Oct 29, 2022 7:41PM
Vibeke Streeval
Ellen Sheehan, and our rights are diminishing.
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Oct 12, 2022 2:15AM
Terry O'Rourke
I’m Canadian and still wore long skirts covered with the black abaya. In the day I could shop with a friend, female, at night, accompanied by my husband. ( and I am not Muslim) no alcohol, follow the strict rules. Friday nights they had beheadings. I did not go to watch. Very backward. Terry O'Rourke, Women under the thumb of the man.
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Sep 13, 2022 6:16PM
Terry O'Rourke
I lived there for six years and it definitely was as they say. Elizabeth Clarke,
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Sep 13, 2022 6:11PM
Terry O'Rourke
Yes, of course they do. I lived there, they just cover their clothes with these two pieces of black clothing. When in public. It was not well explained. Rudy Datoc,
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Sep 13, 2022 6:09PM
Lexi
I can’t comprehend that!!! Being forced to get married so young is just unbelievable!! I am still single and have no intentions of getting married until I meet the right guy! I thank God I have been born into a free country 🙏
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Jul 22, 2022 10:09PM
Lexi
I can’t comprehend that!!! Especially being arranged to be married so young. I choose if I want to marry, not because I am forced. I am 50 and still single and thank God I have been born into a free country 🙏
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Jul 22, 2022 9:58PM
Ellen Sheehan
Caroline Weis, though more to the point, not given. It was fought for.
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Jul 16, 2022 8:59PM
Ellen Sheehan
But so much is a question of degree, right? Commenters say US women are so lucky. And, yes, compared to so many other places, Americans are farther along. Yet, women comprise 50.52% of population and only 27% of government. Only 24 of the 100 senators are women. Most of the largest and most powerful religions do not allow women to become ministers or higher, like bishops (Catholics, Mormons, and most old-line Southern Baptists, for instance) Of America’s 500 highest grossing companies, only 15% have female CEOs. As for Hollywood, though many factors are to be considered, women tend to make 56% of their male counterparts. Just this past year women’s football (soccer) agreed to pay the same as men’s (helped that the women won more). Most sports women earn 1/10th of men. So, Saudi women, sadly have a Mt. Everest to climb to achieve any kind of freedom and equality. American women still have mountains of their own to climb. (including the appalling lack of childcare available and healthcare available).
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Jul 16, 2022 8:58PM
Mike Flynn
Surely any system that accepts a nation that makes second class citizens of half the population has no place in the community of nations.
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Jul 11, 2022 4:28PM
Mike Flynn
When will international society get the guts to condemn this collection of wealthy and bigoted r hold overs from the Middle Ages to the margin of civilization where they belong? Granting national recognition and legitimacy to the regime is an insult to all thinking people.
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Jul 11, 2022 4:23PM
Jacqui Halvorson
They remove their abaya and are dressed in Gucci and Channel!
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Jun 24, 2022 5:12PM
Steve Tingle
Something similar goes on in every Muslim country and they want to impose it everywhere, you have been warned.
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Apr 4, 2022 5:10PM

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